Wednesday, October 12, 2011

And if the elevator tries to bring you down...

...go crazy!

Dana Milbank at WaPo reports on the "Occupy DC" movement:
Attempting to emulate the Occupy Wall Street protests, Washington activists and some out-of-town guests set themselves the lofty goal of occupying the Hart Senate Office Building. “We are there to shut the place down!” organizer David Swanson told his small band of followers. 
But how to do this with only a few dozen demonstrators? Well, Swanson said, they could push all the buttons on the elevators — the way naughty children sometimes do in apartment buildings. “There are people who are wanting to go into the elevators and fill them and not get out and push all the buttons,” he said. “If you like that, do it.”
They also considered filling up all the bathrooms in the building, though I'm guessing most offices had their own. Ultimately, though, they did absolutely nothing, aside from a few getting arrested. What a nice way to spend the day.

Don't get me wrong, I'm okay with peaceful protests, even when the goals are silly and/or unattainable. I'm not so okay, though, with protests that needlessly inconvenience other people. But this one was neither, it was more of a bad joke. Filling up the elevators and bathrooms? Really? Maybe they could also make the line at Starbucks really long...

Cheers, all.

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